Academics, faith, friends stand out for St. James students


School staff chose essays by sixth-graders Sarah Nacos and Allison Vogel that were read at the graduation Mass May 19. Following are excerpts from their essays, titled “What St. James School Means to Me.”
Sarah Nacos:
“When asked the question, what St. James means to me, several things come to mind. But there are three things that stand out: solid Catholic faith, strong academic values, and friends that are more like family than classmates….
“Over the past nine years, I was lucky to have great principals, dedicated teachers, and support staff who helped me become a better student. I also had priests who took the time to teach me more about God, inside and out of church…
“Even though it will be kind of hard to leave here after nine years, I feel like I have been well prepared for Junior High. I will miss all the teachers, staff and Father at St. James. Hopefully, our class will remain good friends throughout our next six years of school.”
Allison Vogel:
“To me, St. James means friends and family. Over the years, I have met so many friends that I will keep forever. I have learned so much here at St. James. I haven’t just learned education. I have also learned how to be a friend, learned things about the church, and I have had a great education…
“Catholic Schools Week was always a fun week. I remember when we were little and we had a fancy dress up day… I’ll never forget those fun weeks…
“I think the things I will miss the most are that everyone is so nice. Everyone always says ‘Hi’ in the hallway or when you see them. I will also miss the small classes and the very helpful teachers. I am a little sad that I am going to be leaving, but I’m excited for seventh grade!”

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